Curriculum and Schedule

Curriculum and Schedule

The Penn State Great Valley MBA program consists of 45 credits. Based on previous undergraduate or graduate coursework, students may receive an exemption for up to 15 credits of foundation course work, as well as the pre-program requirement.

Three open electives enable students to customize their program to meet their particular career interests, or earn a graduate certificate.

Courses are offered in seven-week sessions. Classes meet two evenings per week in a face-to-face format or in a blended format with an online component. There are six seven-week sessions each academic year.

Students may begin at the start of any session and can expect to complete their degree in 2-3 years going part-time, or 12-18 months if going full-time. 

Students admitted fall 2009 or after must successfully complete the SARI (Scholarship and Research Integrity) requirement of the Penn State degree in order to graduate.

Detailed course information can be found on the Schedule of Courses or contact managementhelp@psu.edu.

 

PRE-PROGRAM REQUIREMENT
(Preparatory course to be taken if required for admission)
Course Current Offering Future Offering
BUSAD 501 Statistical Analysis for Managerial Decision Making**   FA I


FOUNDATIONS (18 credits)

Course Current Offering Future Offering
MGMT 501 Behavioral Science in Business
(complete prior to taking other foundations courses)
SU II FA I GV/AB/BW & NY
ACCTG 511 Financial and Managerial Accounting   FA II GV/AB/BW & NY
BA 500 Marketing Management
(formerly MKTG 500)
SU I GV/BK & NY FA II
BA 810 Supply Chain and Operations Management
(formerly OPMGT 510)
SU I FA I NY
FA II GV/BK
BUSAD 523 Prices and Markets   FA II
MBADM 820 Financial Management
(formerly FIN 531)
SU II FA I GV/BK
FA II NY

ESSENTIALS

Organizational and Industrial Contexts: Choose one (3 credits)

Current Offering Future Offering
BUSAD 511 New Ventures I SU II FA II
BUSAD 530 Biotechnology and Health Industry Overview   FA I
BUSAD 558 Knowledge Management    
BUSAD 578 Managing Business Processes    
BUSAD 802 Cornerstones of Sustainability    
LEAD 562 Strategic Leadership SU II  
MGMT 541 Human Resource Management    
FIN 508 Analysis of Financial Markets   FA II
Interpersonal Dynamics: Choose one (3 credits) Current Offering Future Offering
BUSAD 545 Negotiation Strategies SU II GV/BK  
BUSAD 555 Full Range Leadership   FA UU
BUSAD 556 Diversity Leadership SU I (LEAD 556)  
MGMT 523 Organizational Change    
LEAD 561 Dynamic Communication in Leadership Contexts   FA II
Global: Choose one (3 credits) Current Offering Future Offering
BUSAD 542 Global Intercultural Management   FA I
FIN 505 Multinational Managerial Finance   FA I
I B 500 International Business Management SU II NY  
MKTG 518 Global Marketing    
MNGMT 897 Global Immersion: London    
Managing Technology: Choose one (3 credits) Current Offering Future Offering
BUSAD 537 Management Information Systems

SU I

FA II
BUSAD 577 Management of Information Technology    
BUSAD 575 Developing Technology Ventures    
BUSAD 835 Commercialization of Biopharmaceuticals    
Ethics: Choose one (3 credits) Current Offering Future Offering
BUSAD 534 Ethical Dimensions of Management in the Biotechnology and Health Industry   FA II
BUSAD 576 Ethical Issues in Information Technology   FA I
MBADM 815 Ethical & Responsible Bus. Leadership
(formerly BUSAD 551 Business, Ethics, and Society)
SU II FA II
OPEN ELECTIVES*: Choose three (9 credits) Current Offering Future Offering
ACCTG 512 Financial Accounting Theory and Reporting Problems   FA I
BADM 834 Portfolio Management
(formerly FIN 506 Portfolio Theory)
  FA I
BUSAD 519 Developing Creative High Performance Organizations   FA II
BUSAD 522 New Ventures II SU I  
BUSAD 525 Quantitative Methods in Finance   FA I
BUSAD 526 Current Issues in Corporate Finance (Modeling)   FA II
BUSAD 528 Mergers and Acquisitions SU I FA II
BUSAD 879 Sustainable Supply Chain    
FIN 532 Financial Decision Processes: Real Options and Capital Budgeting Under Uncertainty    
LEAD 501 Leadership Across the Life Span   FA I
LEAD 557 Leadership Models and Methods    
MGMT 507 Positive Org Behavior and Well-being   FA I
MNGMT 897 Global Immersion: London    
PHIL 597 Ethical Dimensions of Leadership    

INTEGRATION (3 credits)
Course Current Offering Future Offering
MGMT 571 Strategic Management SU I FA II

SARI REQUIREMENTS
Requirement Current Offering Future Offering
Completion of SARI requirements Fall and Spring Only Fall and Spring Only

AB = Abington Campus
BK = Berks Campus
BW = Brandywine Campus
NY = Navy Yard

Download: MBA Plan of Study

*Open electives may be selected from the full array of courses offered by the Management Division with the exception of the pre-program and foundation courses from which the student has been granted exemption. (Certain courses offered by other programs may also be approved if applicable to the students program.) Controlled courses may require Division approval before enrolling; contact your adviser or ManagementHelp@psu.edu if you have questions about specific courses.

**Students may be exempted from BUSAD 501 if they demonstrate successful completion of a Statistical Analysis course at the undergraduate or graduate level. For more information contact the Program Manager at gvmba@psu.edu or call 610-648-3248.

Note: The University reserves the right to cancel/change courses owing to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. Please note GV/BK (Great Valley Campus/Berks Campus) courses are delivered in part via Video Learning Network. Please note: Courses meeting one day a week should expect to have course commitments through course end date.